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Mother & Baby September 2018

Mother & Baby gives you practical, expert answers to all your parenting questions. In each issue, you’ll find everything you need to know as a mum – from essential pregnancy and newborn advice, to information on feeding, weaning and sleeping. And don’t miss the must-have shopping and product guides, produced with the help of our burgeoning army of real-mum testers. MOTHER & BABY gives you the confidence to be the best parent you can possibly be, by helping you make the right choices for you and your baby. With over 50 years of experience, mums & dads know they can trust our advice.

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Is it just me, or does time shift when you become a mum? I’m no scientist, but I can verify that, as pregnancy progresses, time unquestionably slows to a crawl, to the point that you even start tracking your life in weeks rather than years. Then – boom! – your baby arrives and time abruptly stops altogether for a magical few minutes, restarting only to trickle by moment-by-busy-moment as you count it by in days. Gradually, but in direct relation to the average number of hours’ sleep you get each night, time then speeds up again until you’re measuring it in weeks, months and finally years – at which point it’s whizzing by way too quickly! And we’re here to help you make the most of life through all these time…

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expert advice

Belly dance! ‘These easy belly-dancing moves can help you have a smoother pregnancy and labour, so get wiggling!’ says Dancing for Birth teacher, Tessa Venuti Sanderson, on page 24. Help her make friends ‘Shy children learn how to interact effectively with others in their own style – and you can help,’ says early years consultant, Tamsin Grimmer, on page 59. Be happy! ‘This smart little bit of Japanese philosophy will help you embrace this fresh era of your life now you’re a mum,’ says ikigai expert, Yukari Mitsuhashi, on page 82.…

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voice of the future

Whether she’s hungry or in need of a change, you’re probably very in tune with your baby’s cries by now. But did you know that the pitch of your tot’s cry at four months may predict what she will sound like in the future? A new study* compared the voices of children between four and five years old with recordings of their cries as babies. The researchers discovered that the pitch of the infants’ cries were a significant indicator of the pitch of their speech as children. M +B loves Feel better Struggling with morning sickness? This mum-to-be kit includes acupressure wristbands, peppermint oil bon-bons and herbal tea, to help ease those queasy days. £19, myrtle andmaude.com Name game The nation’s favourite baby names have been revealed in the mid-year charts: Olivia, Sophia and…

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m&b’s fave mum!   giovanna fletcher

‘Let’s talk pregnancy dreams. Mine are always bonkers when my body is busy growing a human. In fact, that was one of my main inspirations when writing my third novel, Dream a Little Dream, which was published back in 2015 and all about a woman, Sarah, whose dreams are so wonderfully bizarre they make her actual life seem a little dull – until the leading man from said dreams wanders into her real life one day. I was pregnant with Buzz when I came up with the idea. Every morning I’d wake up a bit bewildered from the vivid adventures I’d been on the night before – sometimes huge, mammoth expeditions, and other times little glimpses of the strange and twisted. Nothing scary. Nothing threatening at all. Although that could…

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teether of the month

Pumped up A supportive network of family and friends can make a real difference when breastfeeding your baby, but did you know that encouragement from co-workers is just as important? A new study* has confirmed that the more support a new mum receives from her colleagues, the more comfortable she feels expressing milk on her return to work. ONE IN TEN babies were conceived during a break away or holiday. We asked you... Who did you tell your chosen baby names to? ANYONE WHO ASKED! 17% CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONLY 37% NO ONE AT ALL! 46% Blast off! Super-soft non-slip shoes for your little astronaut, 0-4 years, from £8.99, dottyfish.com o S p s f y a 0 INSTAMOMENT ‘Strawberry picking with my babies... Although I think they ate more in the field than we had in our baskets!’ instagram.com/katebowbow •…

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Bell peppers are a great first food for your baby, especially the red ones, as they’re sweeter than the green. And roasting strips makes for very tasty finger food that you’ll want to steal! Choose one with a bright colour and a fresh, green stem. Wash well, remove the stem, and cut in half, before carefully discarding the core and seeds. Slice into strips, spread on a greased baking tray, and brush with olive oil. Roast in the oven at 180˚C for 10 minutes, or until tender. Serve alone as a finger food or with a houmous or cream cheese dip. Suitable from six months. M +B loves Tuck in! The innovative Benjamins Cutlery set consists of a curved spoon and a pusher, to encourage your tot to eat independently without food…